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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2006, 13:49 GMT
35m for new UEA student centre
Artist's impression of the planned INTO-UEA Centre
A 35m grant will help fund the new centre and its work
A new multi-million pound centre for international students is to be built at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in a partnership with a private firm.

The joint venture, between education specialist INTO and the UEA aims to increase the number of overseas students studying in the UK.

The initial investment of 35m will fund a state-of-the-art facility to cater for up to 700 students.

The new centre is scheduled to open in September 2008.

INTO is a specialist education group targeting the overseas student market.

Its partnership with the UEA will offer tailored courses, learning facilities and accommodation within the 100,000 square foot centre planned for the Norwich campus.

About 13% of the UEA's students are currently recruited from non-EU countries, and the partnership will provide funding to raise awareness of its courses to potential new students.

There are plans to create similar partnerships with a small number of universities around the UK.

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